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  • Why should we accept the hell of other people’s kids?

    05/08/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by relictele · 98 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 08 May 2014 | Amanda Craig
    Is there anyone on the planet who wouldn’t pay to avoid travelling with other people’s children? A survey has found that almost 70 per cent of travellers think planes should have child-free zones. Half of those would pay up to £63 extra to fly without children, especially on long-haul flights. I can see what they mean. Flying back from Italy recently, I had my back so thoroughly bruised by a small, restless boy that if King Herod were standing in the European elections, I’d almost be tempted. Under normal circumstances, I like children – an eccentricity which has led to...
  • The New Age of Gay Mr. Manners

    04/30/2014 5:25:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    The times they are a-changing in ways even Bob Dylan didn't foresee. I have an early childhood memory riding my bike and coming across a discarded booklet on proper social etiquette. It had the perfunctory rules. Gentlemen always open doors for ladies. Stand when a lady comes in the room. And so on. But the one I remember vividly is this: A lady always extends her hand first in greeting. Why? Fifty years ago I could understand the concept, but even then, I thought it was a bit much. Today that rule's been abandoned. Who decides these things anyway? Miss...
  • Bizarre Arguments and Behavior

    03/26/2014 4:30:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Some statements and arguments are so asinine that you'd have to be an academic or a leftist to take them seriously. Take the accusation that Republicans and conservatives are conducting a war on women. Does that mean they're waging war on their daughters, wives, mothers and other female members of their families? If so, do they abide by the Geneva Conventions' bans on torture, or do they engage in enhanced interrogation and intimidation methods, such as waterboarding, with female family members? You might say that leftists don't mean actual war. Then why do they say it? What would you think...
  • Brain research results in better understanding of behavior

    02/16/2014 2:40:31 PM PST · by usalady · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 16, 2014 | Martha
    As neuroscientists from around the world continue to unravel brain processes they include a multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the brain cells. New research has used neurobiology and nano-scale engineering to study neural circuits and their link to behavior.
  • FSU’s Winston won’t be charged

    12/07/2013 5:44:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 94 replies
    Journal Gazette ^ | 12/6/13 | Gary Fineout
    ... Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will not face any charges in a sexual assault case, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser’s story... ... the woman’s blood-alcohol content at the hospital was 0.04 percent and investigators estimated it to be about 0.10 percent at the time of the incident, based on the amount of time that had passed....
  • Sometimes I Think Feministas Just Want To Be Spotted Hyenas

    09/22/2013 8:56:41 AM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 4 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 9/22/13 | Robert Wenzel
    Sometimes I Think Feministas Just Want To Be Spotted Hyenas From Wikipedia: The spotted hyena is the largest member of the Hyaenidae, and is further physically distinguished from other species by its vaguely bear-like build, its rounded ears, its less prominent mane, its spotted pelt, its more dual purposed dentition, its fewer nipples and the presence of a pseudo-penis in the female. It is the only mammalian species to lack an external vaginal opening.[...]Females dominate males, with even the lowest ranking females being dominant over the highest ranking males. Link to Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_hyena
  • The Lewis Model Explains Every Culture In The World

    09/12/2013 7:47:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Slate ^ | September 8, 2013 | Gus Lubin
    A world traveler who speaks ten languages, British linguist Richard Lewis decided he was qualified to plot the world's cultures on a chart. Many people think he nailed it, as his book "When Cultures Collide," now in its third edition, has sold more than one million copies since it was first published in 1996 and was called "an authoritative roadmap to navigating the world's economy," by the Wall Street Journal. Lewis plots countries in relation to three categories: Linear-actives—those who plan, schedule, organize, pursue action chains, do one thing at a time. Germans and Swiss are in this group. Multi-actives—those...
  • Country star Alan Jackson's daughter charged with assault, accused of striking a police officer

    08/29/2013 7:03:29 AM PDT · by twister881 · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 29, 2013 | Associated Press
    <p>The 20-year-old daughter of country star Alan Jackson has been charged with assault, underage drinking and resisting arrest. She is accused of striking a police officer and then invoking her father's name during a traffic stop in Nashville.</p>
  • Interior Secretary: We Benefit From ´Federal Gov´t Encouraging the Right Kinds of Behavior´

    08/14/2013 10:46:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 8/14/13 | Susan Jones
    The "new energy future" will require the federal government to encourage "the right kinds of behavior," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a clean energy summit in Nevada on Tuesday. "When you are getting into a new energy future, you really benefit from having the support of states -- and the federal government encouraging the right kinds of behavior and encouraging those incentives (for solar panel installation), she said. Jewell mentioned the "right" kind of behavior twice in her speech, without specifically saying what it means. But she did give some hints.
  • White House presses for team of ‘nudge’ experts to sway American behavior

    07/30/2013 9:49:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/30/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The White House has kicked off several federal projects aimed at influencing how Americans react to certain policy reforms, going so far as to solicit behavior experts to join a British-style “Behavioral Insights Team” to help nudge voters into accepting key political programs. “Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less and help people to achieve their goals,” a document on the government program states, Fox News reported. The document, emailed by White House senior adviser Maya Shankar and obtained by Fox News, also seeks applicants to join the federal government’s behavior modification...
  • Humility or undignified impropriety ?

    04/05/2013 10:54:12 AM PDT · by Vermont Crank
    Priesthood ^ | late 19th century | Poe Saint Pius X
    Dignity and Propriety In order never to be guilty of any disedifying act, the priest must regulate his actions, his movements and his habits in harmony with the sublimity of his vocation. He who on the altar almost ceases to be mortal and takes on a Divine form, remains always the same even when he comes down from the holy hill and leaves the temple of the Lord. Wherever he is, wherever he goes, he never ceases to be a priest and the serious reasons which compel him always to be grave and becoming accompany him with his dignity everywhere....
  • Lazy Legislators Don't Get It...Register Violent Video Addicts Not Guns!!

    04/02/2013 10:02:26 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 21 replies
    Self | April 2, 2013 | Stayfree
    This is not an April Fools Joke! This is serious! Pass laws requiring that purchasers of violent video games be at least 18 years old, be required to pass a background check and have each violent video game registered with authorities. And anyone who purchases more than 3 violent video games in a 30 day period be subject to a personal interview by authorities.
  • How Common 'Cat Parasite' Gets Into Human Brain and Influences Human Behavior

    02/14/2013 1:19:40 AM PST · by neverdem · 44 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | NA
    Toxoplasma is a common 'cat parasite', and has previously been in the spotlight owing to its observed effect on risk-taking and other human behaviours. To some extent, it has also been associated with mental illness. A study led by researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden now demonstrates for the first time how the parasite enters the brain to influence its host. "We believe that this knowledge may be important for the further understanding of complex interactions in some major public health issues, that modern science still hasn't been able to explain fully," says Antonio Barragan, researcher at the Center for...
  • Emanuel Slams Netanyahu Over Support for Romney President Obama is not willing to accept

    12/02/2012 5:45:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    INN ^ | 12/2.12 | Elad Benari
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over what is perceived as his public support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the last election, Channel 2 News reported on Sunday. According to the report, Emanuel, a former White House Chief of Staff, said during a closed session at the Saban Forum in Washington that "Netanyahu supported the wrong candidate in the U.S. elections and lost." Emanuel also said that the White House expects that Netanyahu’s treatment of President Barack Obama will be different, especially at this time. He said the President was not willing to accept...
  • Any ideas/advice for teaching respect to a difficult dog?

    11/27/2012 5:52:50 AM PST · by needmorePaine · 82 replies
    11-27-12 | Vanity
    My wife and I have a 3.5-year-old female English Springer Spaniel. We got her as a puppy from a breeder, and for the first two years of her life, we were happy with her. She's a beautiful dog bred for the field, not the show line of the breed.
  • Small Dog Syndrome

    10/15/2012 1:08:02 PM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 46 replies
    www.dogbreedinfo.com ^ | Unknown | Dog Breed Info
    Many behaviors we humans do not allow large dogs to get away with we find “cute” in small dogs. For example: If a German Shepherd were to growl at your guest, you and your guest would both know there is a problem. Something has to be done. However, if that tiny 6-pound Chihuahua growls, well, it's just what he does. He's a Chihuahua, right? Wrong. There is no difference, in a dog’s mind, for a German Shepherd to be growling at a human than there is for a Chihuahua. If your 5-pound Yorkshire Terrier decides to bark and growl at...
  • Joe Biden's Gaffes Call For A Thorough Neurological Examination ~ Forbes

    10/13/2012 12:51:14 PM PDT · by Elle Bee · 46 replies
    FORBES ^ | 8.20.12 | Dr. Henry I. Miller
    As the political silly season approaches its climax, the media seem preoccupied with minutiae that have little to do with suitability to hold office or what is good for the nation.  Conspicuously absent is concern about politicians’ intelligence and mental health.
  • Nail Biting: Mental Disorder Or Just A Bad Habit?

    10/01/2012 12:30:22 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | October 1, 2012 | Amy Standen
    Do you bite your nails? For 30 years, I did. We nail biters can be "pathological groomers" — people for whom normal grooming behaviors, like skin picking or hair pulling, have become virtually uncontrollable. But psychiatry is changing the way it thinks about pathological grooming, and these changes will be reflected in the American Psychiatric Association's DSM, short for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A new version is coming out early next year, and it puts pathological grooming in the same category as another disorder you've probably heard of: obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD. This rethinking gives pathological...
  • IBLIS - Islamist Brutally Lethal Insecurity Syndrome, a proposed new category of mental disorder.

    09/14/2012 4:25:50 PM PDT · by J. Semper Paratus · 10 replies
    Self | 9-14-2012 | J. Semper Paratus
    IBLIS – Islamist Brutally Lethal Insecurity Syndrome – A culturally learned syndrome of antisocial, fanatical behavior, displaying AntiSocial Personality Disorder (ASPD); Psychopathy, including lack of remorse or guilt, a callous disregard for the personhood of non-Islamists; a failure to accept responsibility for one’s own actions, impulsiveness, irresponsibility, and poor behavioral controls; with Reputation-defending Antisocial, and Malevolent Antisocial behavior. IBLIS is most often characterized by Intermittent Explosive Disorder (abbreviated IED) that is a behavioral disorder characterized by extreme expressions of anger often to the point of violence, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand. Persons with IBLIS will seek to...
  • Catholic university includes ‘homosexuality’ in course on ‘deviant behavior’

    09/04/2012 1:23:13 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 35 replies
    LGBTQNation ^ | Sep 4 2012 | Staff
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A group of gay university alumni and allies is challenging the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, over its inclusion of homosexuality in its course on “deviant behavior.” The group, Gay Alumni and Allies of Catholic Universities, said that Franciscan University, a conservative Catholic institution on the Ohio-West Virginia border, is “contributing” to a “culture of hate and ignorance” by teaching “ideological falsehoods in the classroom rather than solid, proven research and evidence.” But according to the University, the principles of academic freedom apply to the course and that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” At issue is this...
  • More Kids Taking Antipsychotics For ADHD: Study

    08/09/2012 2:14:13 PM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 51 replies
    US NEWS HEALTH ^ | August 7, 2012 | Steven Reinberg
    TUESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Use of powerful antipsychotic medications such as Abilify and Risperdal to control youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavior problems has skyrocketed in recent years, a new study finds. Antipsychotics are approved to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, other serious mental problems and irritability related to autism. But they don't have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for ADHD or other childhood behavior problems, and their use for this purpose is considered "off label." "Only a small proportion of antipsychotic treatment of children (6 percent) and adolescents (13 percent) is for FDA-approved clinical indications,"...
  • Obama Backs Race-Based School Discipline Policies

    07/27/2012 1:03:43 PM PDT · by hcmama · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 27, 2012 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/27/obama-backs-race-based-school-discipline-policies/#ixzz21r5DlzVI
  • Colorado Shooter's Behavior "doesn't add up"

    His behavior doesn't add up His behavior already reveals stark inconsistencies that question the mainstream explanation of events. For example, he opened fire on innocent people but then calmly surrendered to police without resistance. This is not consistent with the idea of "killing everyone." Furthermore, he then admitted to police that his apartment was booby-trapped with explosives. If you were really an evil-minded Joker trying to kill people (including cops), why would you warn them about the booby trap in advance? It doesn't add up. "Holmes was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, police said, adding he didn't resist...
  • Washington's Finest Moment

    07/06/2012 9:02:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    For all the talk of incivility in the Nation's capital, the last week has restored my faith in the basic decency of the people who live there. Although the storm that hit Washington and the surrounding area June 29 has not received as much national attention as hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters usually do, the human toll has been high. In the Washington metro area alone, five people died in the storm and more than 20 have died subsequently from the heat, as hundreds of thousands suffered days without electrical power. But through it all, most people have behaved...
  • Gray Matter: How Depressives Surf the Web

    06/17/2012 9:42:41 AM PDT · by thecodont · 83 replies
    The New York Times / NYTimes.com ^ | Published: June 15, 2012 | By SRIRAM CHELLAPPAN and RAGHAVENDRA KOTIKALAPUDI
    IN what way do you spend your time online? Do you check your e-mail compulsively? Watch lots of videos? Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications — from games to file downloads to chat rooms? Enlarge This Image Brian Cronin We believe that your pattern of Internet use says something about you. Specifically, our research suggests it can offer clues to your mental well-being. In a study to be published in a forthcoming issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, we and our colleagues found that students who showed signs of depression tended to use the Internet differently from those who...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ABULIA, 03-20-12

    03/20/2012 9:23:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 03-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ABULIA In Catholic morality an emotional disorder that either totally or at least partially prevents a person from making decisions. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • D.C. ethics board: Laws on behavior of government officials ‘not sufficient’

    10/30/2011 7:45:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/26/11 | Tim Craig
    D.C. ethics board: Laws on behavior of government officials ‘not sufficient’By Tim Craig, Published: October 26 The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics said Wednesday that local laws governing the behavior of government officials “are not sufficient,” but D.C. Council members remain split over how to reform the system. With D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) pledging that an ethics bills will pass this year, more than 30 people testified at a hearing Wednesday, offering suggestions for enacting more oversight over the city’s elected leaders. Until now, the authority for policing local elected officials has largely rested with three-member...
  • NJ Teacher Defends "Future Criminals" Comment

    08/25/2011 5:56:46 AM PDT · by Puppage · 39 replies
    NBCNewYork.com ^ | 08/25/2011
    A New Jersey first grade teacher who wrote that she was a "warden for future criminals" on Facebook says she was speaking "out of frustration to their behavior." Jennifer O'Brien defended herself Wednesday at an administration hearing that will determine whether the tenured Paterson teacher should lose her job. O'Brien told an administrative law judge she wrote the post in exasperation because six or seven unruly first-graders kept disrupting her lessons. She said one boy had recently hit her. The teacher posted her remark to 333 friends on March 28. However, it was forwarded and led critics to call her...
  • Manipulating morals: scientists target drugs that improve behaviour

    04/07/2011 12:17:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | April 4, 2011 | Amelia Hill
    A pill to enhance moral behaviour, a treatment for racist thoughts, a therapy to increase your empathy for people in other countries - these may sound like the stuff of science fiction but with medicine getting closer to altering our moral state, society should be preparing for the consequences, according to a book that reviews scientific developments in the field. Drugs such as Prozac that alter a patient's mental state already have an impact on moral behaviour, but scientists predict that future medical advances may allow much more sophisticated manipulations. The field is in its infancy, but "it's very far...
  • Jared Loughner's Behavior Recorded by College Classmate In E-mails

    In early June, Lynda Sorenson, 52, had gone back to community college in Tucson in hopes of getting back on the job market. One of her classes was a basic algebra class--and one of her classmates was Jared Loughner, now identified by authorities as the man who killed six people and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in a shooting rampage Saturday. Sorenson's e-mails to friends from last summer, provided to the Washington Post, reveal her growing alarm at Loughner's strange and disruptive behavior in class.
  • Man who killed tourist and attacked his family freed for 'good behaviour' (Scotland)

    THE release of a notorious killer who shot dead a German tourist and then savagely attacked his family has been criticised by MSPs as another example of "soft-touch Scotland". James Boyce, 70, is to be freed after serving 17 years for killing Thomas Boedeker, even after being told that he would be locked up for at least 20. The brutal murder and Boyce's savage attack on the victim's family stunned the quiet community of Cairnryan, near Stranraer.
  • 'Mars,' 'Venus' divide evident even in utero

    04/30/2010 4:12:42 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 13 replies · 734+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2010 | Jennifer Harper
    Pronounced differences in male and female behaviors can be detected in the womb, according to Australian medical researchers, who say the sex of the baby determines responses. Those responses are specific and telling. "The male, when mum is stressed, pretends it's not happening and keeps growing, so he can be as big as he possibly can be," said Vicki Clifton, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Adelaide who led the study.
  • ACORN’s behavior was `highly inappropriate’ but not criminal in California, Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown

    04/01/2010 9:35:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 324+ views
    L..A. Times ^ | 4/1/10 | Maura Dolan
    California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said in a report Thursday that the community organizing group ACORN engaged in "highly inappropriate behavior" in the state but violated no criminal law. Brown's office launched an investigation of ACORN's California operations at the request of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last September after the release of videos that appeared to show ACORN employees advising people about how to engage in prostitution and other other illegal activity.
  • Can we detect quantum behavior in viruses?

    03/11/2010 7:21:37 AM PST · by decimon · 16 replies · 404+ views
    Institute of Physics ^ | Mar 11, 2010 | Unknown
    The weird world of quantum mechanics describes the strange, often contradictory, behaviour of small inanimate objects such as atoms. Researchers have now started looking for ways to detect quantum properties in more complex and larger entities, possibly even living organisms. A German-Spanish research group, split between the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), is using the principles of an iconic quantum mechanics thought experiment - Schrödinger's superpositioned cat – to test for quantum properties in objects composed of as many as one billion atoms, possibly including the flu virus. New research...
  • UF study: Prescribed erectile dysfunction drugs don’t lead to risky sexual behavior

    01/12/2010 12:42:24 PM PST · by greatdefender · 15 replies · 616+ views
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite studies suggesting that erectile dysfunction drugs promote irresponsible sexual behavior, men who receive prescriptions for them are no more likely to engage in risky sex acts than men who do not receive prescriptions for the medications, according to a University of Florida study. “For this study we took the perspective of a doctor who may worry that prescribing erectile dysfunction drugs to patients could contribute to the spread of HIV,” said lead researcher Dr. Robert Cook. “The findings from this study should provide some reassurance to health-care providers that erectile dysfunction drugs appear to be prescribed...
  • The Marshmallow and the Cherry

    12/30/2009 4:35:35 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 5 replies · 347+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Dec 30 2009, 11:30AM | Edward Tenner
    Earlier in the year Jonah Lehrer explained in the New Yorker how cool deferred gratification is and how we need to teach it to our kids, the younger the better. Now, in the New York Times, John Tierney suggests that it's really an insidious habit for grownups, sacrificing real enjoyment for the mirage of an even better future. Can everything good be bad for you? Of course the respective sets of behavioral research described might be consistent. Children who master delaying pleasure become superior achievers and thus have the frequent flier balances that they are so counterproductively hoarding. The same...
  • Potential for criminal behavior evident at age 3

    11/16/2009 3:51:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 821+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/09 | Rachael Myers Lowe
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Children who don't show normal fear responses to loud, unpleasant sounds at the age of 3 may be more likely to commit crimes as adults, according to a new study. Yu Gao and colleagues in the United States and the United Kingdom compared results from a study of almost 1,800 children born in 1969 and 1970 on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius to criminal records of group members 20 years later. At age 3, the children were tested to gauge their level of "fear conditioning," or fear of consequences. The idea is that children...
  • Are Hormone-mimicking Chemicals Harming Our Children?

    10/15/2009 10:25:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,144+ views
    The New American ^ | 07 October 2009 | Selwyn Duke
    Are chemicals in our environment masculinizing girls and feminizing boys? A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that this is the case, and one of the latest studies has linked exposure to a substance known as bisphenol A, or BPA, with aggressive behavior in girls. Liz Szabo reports on the research in USA Today, writing, “In the study of 249 pregnant women, the first to examine the effects of BPA on children's behavior, researchers found that girls ... were more likely to be aggressive if their mothers had high levels of BPA — an estrogen-like chemical used in many consumer...
  • Human Behavior On Obama's Side

    10/15/2009 9:45:47 AM PDT · by marekflinch · 6 replies · 255+ views
    blogs ^ | 15102009 | Marek
    For many, the ability to deal with a complex issue like universal health care insurance reform equates to listening repeatedly, to the same song over and over. For most of us, after a while you get tired of listening and turn it off. This is precisely what's happening to the universal health care debate, America's public is tuning out. Obama knows this, and will thus capitalize on a sleepy public, who's current behavior will allow him and his supporters to enact universal health care reforms, with unfavorable results for most of us.
  • 'Suspicious activity,' 'concerning behavior' to be monitored at OSU

    10/08/2009 5:27:54 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 7 replies · 540+ views
    The Daily O'Collegian ^ | October 8, 2009 | Sean Harkin
    The Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., forever changed after the events of April 16, 2007. A student, Seung-Hui Cho, gunned down 27 students and five faculty members before killing himself. Vice President of Student Affairs Lee Bird said shortly after the Virginia Tech incident, OSU expanded its Threat Assessment Team and renamed it the Behavioral Consultation Team. The team is a specially trained group of professional staff members from several university departments with mental health, student development, law enforcement, academic, administrative and legal expertise, according to its Web site. The team investigates and evaluates threats and other concerning behavior...
  • EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for 'abnormal behaviour'

    09/22/2009 7:13:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 23 replies · 1,368+ views
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | Published: 9:08PM BST 19 Sep 2009 | Ian Johnston
    "EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for "abnormal behaviour" The European Union is spending millions of pounds developing "Orwellian" technologies designed to scour the internet and CCTV images for "abnormal behaviour"." SNIPPET: "A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as "agents" to monitor and process information from web sites, discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers. Its main objectives include the "automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or violence"." SNIPPET: "Project Indect, which received nearly £10 million in funding from the European Union, involves the Police...
  • No more reckless behavior: Obama warns Wall Street (uhh, straighten Up! uhh, Fly right..uhhhh..OK?)

    09/14/2009 10:42:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 900+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/14/09 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Monday warned Wall Street it must not return to the "reckless behavior" and "unchecked excess" which he blamed for unleashing the global financial crisis. The president, in a major economic speech at the heart of the mighty US financial system just blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, laid out a wide ranging prescription for rebuilding the US finance system. He said the crisis was a "collective failure" of Washington, Wall Street and across America, vowed to press G20 powers for action on regulatory reform, and cautioned top executives not to...
  • Chuck E. Cheese's hunting related video games causing bad behavior by patrons?

    07/24/2009 7:57:26 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 17 replies · 934+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 23 July 2009 | Sandra Tan
    ome Amherst Town Board members question whether Chuck E. Cheese’s really is the place “where a kid can be a kid.” In a 3-3 vote this week, the board failed to approve a game license for the kids-themed food and entertainment venue on Harlem Road, citing concerns about violent video games and bad behavior by patrons that require police intervention. Council Member Shelly Schratz said she was disturbed by several “action-packed shoot-and-kill games” that were accessible to children as young as 4. “When I see 6-year-olds, 8-year-olds playing those games, when all the time we’re opening the paper and seeing...
  • Chief Wray, You Have Mail ("Our youth are our future – and it doesn't look good.")

    07/23/2009 9:59:56 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies · 596+ views
    DailyPage ^ | Wednesday 07/22/2009 | David Blaska
    I am a big fan of Madison Police Chief Noble Wray. The man must walk a tightrope between an ultra-liberal Common Council, an increasingly restive population of crime and quality of life victims, and — I suspect — the better instincts of his own uniformed officers. Nonetheless, the chief whacked a hornet's nest when he was quoted in Monday's Wisconsin State Journal thusly: In some cases, long-time residents of some neighborhoods are afraid of young blacks and Hispanics who are not breaking the law. In those cases, the newcomers to a neighborhood may need to adjust their behavior, and long-time...
  • Senator Al Franken: Goodbye to the Class Clown

    07/06/2009 11:33:21 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 45 replies · 1,310+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 7/04/09 | Kevin Diaz/Pat Doyle - Staff Reporters
    After Al Franken is sworn in to the U.S. Senate this week, the nation will be watching to see how the former entertainer performs in a theater where cooperation trumps controversy and wise politicians survive wiseguys. Preparing for his new role, one of the first people Franken sought out was Tamara Luzzatto, chief of staff for Hillary Clinton when she was in the Senate. "A number of people have told me to study the Hillary model of being a senator," Franken said after they met last February. "Put your head down and do the work." Franken appears determined to establish...
  • How Obama Is Using the Science of Change

    05/07/2009 6:04:58 AM PDT · by Tawiskaro · 10 replies · 420+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | Apr. 02, 2009 | Michael Grunwald
    Two weeks before Election Day, Barack Obama's campaign was mobilizing millions of supporters; it was a bit late to start rewriting get-out-the-vote (GOTV) scripts. "BUT, BUT, BUT," deputy field director Mike Moffo wrote to Obama's GOTV operatives nationwide, "What if I told you a world-famous team of genius scientists, psychologists and economists wrote down the best techniques for GOTV scripting?!?! Would you be interested in at least taking a look? Of course you would!!" ...
  • Hilton Head woman tries to save 'Big Al,' the alligator

    04/28/2009 5:58:56 AM PDT · by Peter Horry · 24 replies · 4,653+ views
    The State ^ | Apr. 28, 2009 | LIZ MITCHELL
    To some, he's known as "Big Al." Others call him"Norm." He's a 10-foot-long alligator who has earned such nicknames because of his intimidating size. It's his size that now has some worried he could be a danger, while others work to save his life. "Big Al" or "Norm", depending on whom you ask, a large alligator in a Hilton Head lagoon that has some residents worried, and others determined to save. For years, the reptile lived in a lagoon near Port Royal Plantation on Hilton Head Island. That's where he became known as "Big Al." Last week, though, he went...
  • Darwin--Unwittingly a "Creationist"

    04/19/2009 8:00:09 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 25 replies · 726+ views
    Answers Magazine ^ | Jason Lisle, Ph.D.
    Evolutionists often attempt to use observational science—arguments from biology, paleontology, geology, or even astronomy—to support their belief. But the really interesting thing is that they base all their arguments on principles that ultimately come from biblical creation! As strange as it may sound, evolutionists must unwittingly assume that creation is true in order to argue against it. That means that Darwin was (in a sense) a “creationist.” All evolutionists must borrow the principles of biblical creation in order to do science (even though they would deny this). Here is why...
  • Hey Party Girls: Guys find appeal in girls who DON'T booz it

    03/10/2009 7:58:50 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 88 replies · 3,177+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/10/09 | Jennifer Harper
    The naughty cachet of "Girls Gone Wild" has lost its luster says new study: College men actually don t want their women to be drunk, topless, disorderly. Just like mother told you, ladies....
  • Vatican: Gay `behavior' in seminaries declines

    01/16/2009 4:14:20 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 18 replies · 1,860+ views
    http://www.google.com/ ^ | Jan 15,2009 | By RACHEL ZOLL
    NEW YORK (AP) — A Vatican evaluation of U.S. Roman Catholic seminaries in response to the clergy sex abuse scandal concluded that administrators have largely been effective in rooting out "homosexual behavior" in the schools, although the agency said it persists. The Congregation for Catholic Education sought a broad review of how the schools screen and educate prospective priests, but gave special attention to teachings on chastity and celibacy. The Vatican also directed evaluators to look for "evidence of homosexuality" in the schools. In a report U.S. bishops released this week, the Vatican agency noted past "difficulties in the area...